Recent Publication Unveils the Economics of Propene Production via Metathesis

Intratec scrutinizes costs breakdown and profitability of propylene production of an industrial unit, based on a process similar to CB&I Lummus OCT, in its newest publication Propylene Production via Metathesis.

Houston, TX, June 13, 2012 --( According to a revealing study released by Intratec Solutions, Houston-based publisher and chemical process consulting firm, the EBITDA of a 350 kta propylene unit, based on metathesis technology using ethylene and butene as raw materials and located in US Gulf Coast, is around USD 200 per ton of propylene produced, what means an EBITDA margin of approximately 12%.

The publication points out how capital costs are largely impacted by how integrated with nearby facilities the metathesis unit examined will be. For a partially integrated facility, considering a need of a 20-day propylene storage tank, the total fixed investment is around USD 170 million. Furthermore, the assessment evaluates the working capital and other capital expenses (e.g.: start-up expenses, prepaid royalties, site and land development), which have an impact of around USD 75 million in the capital costs.

The Intratec publication also discloses detailed operating costs. Regional comparison studies, encompassing the US Gulf, Germany and Brazil, pointed out that operating expenses may vary from around USD 1,500 to USD 1,700 per ton of propene depending on the location, while capital expenses can differ more than USD 60 million in those regions.

Mr. Felipe Tavares, CEO of Intratec, states that: “Our publication unveils the most important economic data surrounding propylene production via metathesis… It is actually quite able to support feasibility assessments conducted within our clients companies.”

Propylene Production via Metathesis is available at established distribution channels like and HP Magcloud. The report is also offered in digital format at Intratec’s website, at an introductory price of US$ 799. A preview of the publication can be found at:

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